30 St Mary Axe

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Nick name The Crystal Phallus . Alternative The ( f e r t i l i z e d ) Seed.

Mainly know as the Gurkin

Looking south down Bishopgate,
one of the main roads leading through
Londons financial district


Due to the current building's somewhat phallic or a fertilization of a seed .
planning guidance requires that new buildings do not obstruct or detract from the view of St Paul's dome
when viewed from a number of locations around London Populary know as a Gurkin.

Construction began in March 2001;and opened in early 2004.

The building was constructed by Skanska, completed in 2004 and opened on 28 April 2004.In December 2005,
the building was voted the most admired new building in the world, in a survey of the world's largest firms of architects,
as published in 2006 BD World Architecture 200.
In September 2006, the building was put up for sale with a price tag of GB£600 million.
Potential buyers included British Land, Land Securities, Prudential, ING and the Abu Dhabi royal family

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